NEW DELHI:  After objecting to a judges’ conference being held on Good Friday, a sitting Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph has now declined a dinner invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that he will be in Kerala at the given date for religious ceremonies.

In his letter to the Prime Minister on April 1, Justice Kurian looked for Modi’s attention by stating, “that no important programmes are held during sacred and auspicious of Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Eid, Bakrid, etc, though we have holidays during that period as well.”

The apex court judge further explaining his reason for not attending the PM dinner meet said, “It is customary for us to be part of the religious and other ceremonies with the parents, elders and other family members during the holy weekend. Hence I would be away in Kerala during those days.”

Urging PM Modi to offer equal importance to all sacred days, Justice Joseph in his concluding message in the letter wrote, “I know it is too late to reschedule the events. I request your Honour to kindly have in mind these concerns also while scheduling events and benevolently show equal importance and respect to the sacred days of all religions which are also declared as National holidays.”

Justice Kurian Joseph had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India HL Dattu last month objecting to the Conference of Chief Justices of High Courts being held on Good Friday.

In his letter dating March 8, Kurian said, “I may with deep anguish bring to your kind notice that such an important conference shouldn’t have been held when some of us, who are otherwise expected to be part of the event, are otherwise committed on account of the holy days when we have religious ceremonies.”

Top three judges from the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice of India and 24 Chief Justices of High Courts from different parts of the country are attending a two-day conference in the capital which started yesterday, Good Friday. 

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